Bustos Dam water releases, worsen Bulacan floods
CITY OF MALOLOS, Bulacan-– Bustos Dam is continuously releasing water towards the Angat River for the seventh day on Saturday since the southwest monsoon enhanced by the passing of several tropical storms dumped heavy rains in the province.
The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO) of Bulacan reported that Bustos Dam started releasing water at 6 a.m. last Saturday that aggravates the flooding in Calumpit and Hagonoy towns.
“The two towns are the catch basin for receding floodwater from Pampanga and Nueva Ecija before finding its way to the Manila Bay, “ PDRRMO chief Liz Mungcal said.
And as of Friday afternoon, all of the 29 barangays in Calumpit are still inundated with floodwater – with some areas having as deep as six feet of water; Hagonoy has eight barangays flooded up to one foot deep; Paombong has 14 villages submerged under water with some up to two feet deep; and Bocaue has two barangays under one foot deep of floodwater.
The total damages in agriculture is estimated at PHP54, 219,804.03 in fishery and PHP7,739,201.78 in rice while damage in infrastructures is at PHP5,100,000. (PNA)
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